Grant of £50,000 has reaped the rewards

From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
 at the Southsea Village in Palmerston Road Picture: Habibur Rahman

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THE completion of a £50,000 heritage lottery project will be celebrated next week.

Three years ago, The Spring in Havant was awarded the grant and has spent the cash on a variety of exhibitions, events, and talks.

Several open days were organised, attracting hundreds of visitors including an exhibition commemorating 50 years since the closure of the Hayling Billy line.

Themed exhibitions showcased the work of local photographers and featured other historical items, including a display of vintage lingerie.

One of the most impressive exhibitions featured the nursery rhyme tiles from the old Havant War Memorial Hospital.

Kate Saunders, heritage manager at The Spring, said: ‘Earlier in the year there was a celebration of St George’s Day, where the craft tables were very popular with children – as was the large flying dragon suspended from the ceiling!’

The free event takes place between midday and 2pm on Friday, March 28.